- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

BRIGANTINE, N.J. (AP) - The Coast Guard has suspended its search for boaters reported missing about a half mile off the New Jersey coast.

The search had started late Friday afternoon after local police contacted the Coast Guard and reported that three or four people were spotted in the water. They were believed to be missing from a fishing boat that apparently had capsized off the coast at Brigantine, just north of Atlantic City.

Rescue crews, by boat and helicopter, continued to search for the missing boaters until late Saturday afternoon, when the search was called off.

Officials say the search has not turned up any signs of a vessel in distress or the boaters. They also say no boaters have been reported overdue in the region.

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